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Yippee! October 25 is the actual date of Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary and that means another great celebratory special. From October 22 -28 you can choose from 25 sets and buy them at a 25% discount. While I already have several of the sets, a few of them are still on my wish list so they will soon join my collection. Here is one:
I used my downline, Joey's, Gorgeous Grunge set for most of the stamping on this little treasure. Though I often order clear mount, I'm going to order this one in wood because I just know these stamps will get a work out on many different projects. I'll appreciate having them ready to go on wood mounts when I decide at the last minute that a little bit of grunge is what a card or other project needs.
The colors (Pool Party, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake) from the Epic Day Collection.
The Petite Pairs message is stamped on Epic Day washi tape from that collection.
The subtle bit of lace is done with the Viola's Lace builder wheel. Because I wasn't looking for an absolutely perfect lace image I just rolled the builder wheel onto the ink pad without bothering to put it into the handle. I got exactly the look I was after.
Check out all the sets that you can get for 25% off on my Stampin' Up! website. Click on the picture below and it will take you to images of the sets along with the discounted price. Remember this special runs through October 28th. The link will not work after that date. Like always you can order from my website 24/7.
If you would like to add your order to my online order please use hostess code VFHRSXWK. Everyone who places a $50 order with me during this promotion can choose one of my Bonus Rack sets for free, shipping included! See the Bonus Rack for VFHRSXWK link at the top of my blog.
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. Time to reflect on all things we are
grateful and thankful for. It’s that yearly tradition of getting
together with family and friends, toasting your blessings.
The October issue, “Abundant Thanks”, offers project ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving. Inside this issue you’ll find seasonal holiday banners, table settings, gift ideas and of course, beautiful hand-made cards.
Here is a little peek at the elegant Thanksgiving card I created for the most recent issue:
I embossed a bunch of poinsettias from Stampin' Up!'s Joyful Christmas set and here is the first that made it's way onto a card:
After whitewashing the petals and letting them dry, I used Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple for the flower. Reheat the embossing powder a bit to bring back the shine after all the coloring is done.
The shading on the Pistachio Pudding is done with Gumball Green.
There is a bit of Dazzling Details on the center but it doesn't pick up in the first photo so here's a close up:
Also , I got extra busy at work and didn't get my third flip card posted so here it is:
I gave this to one of the fabulous nurses I worked with on her last day ... kind of explains why I've been busy at work!
Next up: another Tag It flip card, this time featuring the lil' reptile guy with the balloons.
I colored the image with Gumball Green, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.
I used the Gumball Green paper from Birthday Basics and topped it with some Gumball Green Zig Zag cut with the Tasteful Trim die. Score your paper before applying to the car
In order to get the extra flap I used a scant 5 7/16" x 8 1/2" piece of Real Red card stock and slide the extra lenght of the card so through the thinlet so that instead of being cut it gets a crease.
For this photo the cutting side is up.
Place your card stock on top of the cutting edges except for the extra length. Slide that under the thinlet so that it gets crease instead of cut. (You can also do this with the paper underneath and the cutting side facing down, in which case you would want the extra paper coming up through the thinlet instead of down.)
Here's a shot of the inside:
The balloons on the inside circle are from Sketched Birthday. The white piece is also cut wtih the thinlet.
greeting is from Bring on the Cake. Both are stamped in Smokey Slate.
The Birthday Basics dsp is extended on the bottom of both sides of the extra flap.
There definitely more surfaces to decorate with this card. That's what makes it fun!
When I saw this SC452 sketch I knew it was time to ink up one of the smaller Lovely Romance images that I love but haven't done much with yet:
Here' is what I came up with:
See? Perfect sketch for making a small image the focal point of the card!
Since I've been wanting to mix this set with the gorgeous Venetian Romance papers, I stamped the "I like Loving You" image in Island Indigo on the palest of the Pistachio Pudding prints and used a bolder print for the background layer.
Though my original thought had been to use three Pistachio Pudding prints, after playing around I decided that the the middle layer was better off being straight Pistachio pudding, with a little texture from the Honeycomb folder.
The lacey edge is punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.
The butterflies are from Papillon and punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch. Both are on special this month. You can order it here.
Thanks for stopping by and have a good day, whereever you happen to be!
I mentioned trying a "Drip, Drip, Drip" Mixed Media Challenge a few days ago. I had been a little disappointed with the way the Cajun Craze drips looked a little gory. Well, once I blotted them and allowed them to dry it looked more like rust which was just fine for a masculine card so I decided to go a head and work with the piece:
It kind of resembles an old rusted license plate don't you think?
The embossed letterpress piece is made with a quarter sheet of Soft Sky which I inserted into a Alphabet Press folder that had been inked with a Night of Navy ink pad. This is a great look that I will try again - even without the drips.
Since I didn't like the way ink alone looked on my practice piece I mixed the Cajun Craze reinker with some white gesso before dripping it on the alphabet piece. Like I mentioned earlier, reserve judgement until it is dry. The color was less menacing dry.
Once it was dry it sat in my stamping area for a few days before I decided what to do with it. I ended up staying with the earlier You're Amazing stamp set and tried a few different color combinations before settling on this one.
Don't you think the embossing looks kind of like granite ware? I''m going to have to try this again too!
I did it by inking my stamp first with versamark and then with Night of Navy before stamping it on Ivory Naturals card stock and embossing it with clear embossing powder.
I cut it out with an Apothecary Accent framelit and sponged it well with Cajun Craze ink.
The alphabet layer was then trimmed and matted with Night of Navy and then mounted on a Crumb Cake card,( cut 4 1/2" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2" before folding).
A simple knot with Denim Jean ribbon provides just the right finishing touch.
Today's Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers is Lee Murphy. Maybe you will even want to play along with the challenge and case one of her cards. Her gallery is amazing and varied so be sure to check it out. Lee's My Friend card was such a great fit for these Stampin' Up! Chalk talk images that I didn't change much:
I've been putzing with a few pieces I started for this week's color challenge: Night of Navy, Cajun Craze, and Soft Sky with making it a masculine card as the dessert option. Here's what I ended up with:
For both cards I started with a quarter sheet of Ivory Naturals card stock and did some random stamping and sponging with the color challenge colors and the Stampin' Up!'s You're Amazing stamp set and the coordinating Take a Ticket wheel.
I applied Soft Sky ink to one side of the Alphabet Press embossing folder and embossed the first piece. I ended up with the letters being backward but I guess we'll just say that is part of the card's charm.
The outside greeting is clear embossed on Ivory Naturals, cut with an Apothecary Accents framelit and heavily sponged with Cajun Craze.
Since I ended up sponging over much of the Soft Sky I added a Soft Sky Candy Dot for good measure.
Here's a better shot of the inside. The splatter stamp is from the My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit.
The second card was even simpler:
The Take a Ticket wheel was clear embossed.
inked the embossing folder with Cajun Craze before embossing my stamped
piece and then added a little sponging before attaching it to the Ivory
I must confess that there is a third piece where I got the letters to come out straight. But, my attempt at adding drips of Cajun Craze (Today's Mixed Media challenge) to a Soft Sky and Night of Navy piece ended up looking like there was dried blood that had dripped down the card. That piece is going to take a little more work...
I saw this card by Bronwyn Eastley, which was so simple and cute with an off set flower over the negative space from the Pansy punch that I just had to try it myself with some of the Afternoon Picnic DSP. My card took off in more of a Shabby Chic direction:
I layered a couple of different Coastal Cabana colored papers from teh Afternoon Picnic Collection, playing around with the shading around the edges a bit adding Crumb Cake where needed.
The Delicate Designs border is sponged with a bit of Crumb Cake ink.
I curled the petals of the Flower Shop posie with a pencil after punching it out with the Pansy punch. The flower center which is made with Simply Pressed Clay and mold is sponged after it is dry, also with Crumb Cake.
The leaf is cut out of Ivory Naturals card stock that has been embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.
Though you can't see it under all the Afternoon Picnic DSP, the card base is Ivory Naturals.
This week's Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoaststampers is to stamp and color on patterned paper. Though I was also somewhat inspired by some images that I had pinned on my Sunflower board on Pinterest I wasn't real sure which direction I was going to take this. So I embossed Stampin' Up!'s Sunflower twice each on two patterns of DSP. I finished the first card yesterday but decided to wait to write this post until I had managed to do something with all four images. Thanks ta change in my schedule at work I came home earlier today and finished them.
This is the first card that I finished and posted for the challenge. I'd done some testing of colors on the other pieces so in a way they are derived from this.
The newsprint pattern is from Modern Medley though the retired First Edition dsp would be great if you have some.
This sunflower is embossed in black and colored with Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake markers.
I used a sponge dauber to lightly color the background with Soft Sky.
I started with 4.25" x 5.5 piece of DSP and trimmed it just a bit so that I could mat it with the same sized piece of Basic Black.
The Ivory Naturals card base is 5.25" x 6.75".
Greeting if from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
I'm not sure I should post this one even though I enjoyed playing around with it. I really like the colors but the unless you look at the sunflower at just the right angle the shine of the gold embossing doesn't let you see the great detail of the sunflower image.
The gold embossing didn't seem to let the detail show through but that kind of gave me license to get a little more playful with it.
I layered several colors of ink over the dsp including Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, and Baked Brown Sugar.
The message is from Really Good Greetings.
A few of the images that join the Sunflower in the background include Viola's Lace wheel, Music Notes wheel, a corner of Ex Libris, and Distressed Dots ("vintage" SU stamped with Tangerine Tango craft ink - also "vintage").
There is also an odd assortment of washi tape scraps in the lower right corner.
The other two Sunflowers were embossed on the Daffodil Stripe pattern from Gingham Garden.
This landscape oriented card was embossed with Black powder.
It is layered on Basic Black and mounted on a So Saffron card.
The Petite Pairs "so many smiles..." seemed perfect for the greeting with "...begin with you!" stamped on the inside. The card front greeting was stamped on vellum and embellished with a black candy dot.
I pulled out the Early Espresson embossing powder for this one. I think it worked pretty well on the Daffodil paper. I colored the petals with So Saffron and the center with Soft Suede and a sponge dauber. The bow is 7/8" Cotton (really nice finish on this stuff!). The little tag image is from Label Love and is embossed again with Early Espresso on So Saffron and punched out with the Artisan Label punch.
Whew! The stamp studio was a good place to spend this afternoon though. One of my neighbors grows real sunflowers and this afternoon they are soaking up 93 degrees worth of sun:
I was just cleaning out some photos on my computer and found a few I haven't posted yet. So I'll post a few summery cards as I veg out after a hot but fun day at the Minnesota State Fair.
I did these back in May during a few days of stamping with Liz and
Jeanne, members of my downline. Aside from having a great time, I always do some of my best work when my downline are around. Both of these cards feature the darling
diagonal gingham from Gingham Garden:
For this first card I wanted to find a way to play up the birght and playful flower print. Doesn't the skinny gingham frame set it off perfectly?
Just a little White Organza ribbon and a easy greeting: "Happy Birthday to you" is from Label Love set. It is embossed with white embossing powder on Island Indigo card stock and punched with the coordinating Artisan Label punch.
What you can't see: The DSP layers are mounted on a piece of Whisper White to make these sturdy enough to be popped up with dimensionals.
I love how fresh and summery this looks.
This card uses the same idea for the frame but brings the gingham back again with some dry embossing with the Petals a Plenty folder.
"I MISS you ALREADY" is from the stamp set Really Good Greetings.
The greeting shapes are cut with the Labels Collection framelits.
The dry embossing lends this card all the texture it needs. Without bows or buttons it's a very easy card to mail. Perfect for that freshman you might be sending off to college soon!
This simple, masculine birthday greeting shows how you can get different looks with Washi tape depending on whether you overlap it or not. I love the semi-transparent nature of this stuff!
The Washi tape is from both the Season of Style and Epic Day This and That Designer sets.
This is the first time my You're Amazing set has seen ink and it was applied with the My Paper Pumpkin Basic Gray ink spot and the Cherry Cobbler marker.
Candy Dots are in Basic Gray, from the Neutrals Collection.
As usual, the greeting is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Card Stock: Very Vanilla and Basic Gray!
Did you know that if you sign up for a My Paper Pumpkin Subscription before August 31, 2013, you can get the first two kits for only $10 each. The Welcome kit would arrive in September and you'd get your first surprise Paper Pumpkin in October. Read more about it here.
It's been busy around here with kids making last end of the summer trips back home. I almost forgot to post about the latest Paper Crafter's Sampler: Prelude to Fall. There are lots of creative fall themed cards and projects so I'm sure that you will want to check it out! Here's a lil' peek at mine:
Last week I posted a group of projects that I did with Afternoon Picnic for the Creative Crew Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers. I really liked working with the papers and stamps that I used for that project so I decided to get them out again - or actually, just not put them away quite yet.
I just applied a 1 inch strip of patterned paper from Afternoon Picnic next to the fold of my Very Vanilla card before adding a 3/5" wide panel flush with the open side.
A skinny strip of the polka dot pattern goes on before adding the canvas style flower from Flower Shop.
Bling is a pearl and the greeting is from Apothecary Art, another set that I used in the ensemble.
Here is a close- up shot of the other card from the ensemble:
I made this for one of the Dare To Get Dirty sketch challenges over on Splitcoaststampers last week. We were traveling out to Washington state during the whole week of challenges but I had a little time once we got home to put a few cards together before the gallery closed for entries. I did enter a few that I had created earlier but never shared before, but this and the sympathy card I showed you a few days ago were some that I designed in my head while the rain and fog were covering up the mountains.
This is a 5x7 card so it uses almost the whole sheet of designer paper that you get in the Season of Style Paper Stack.
I hand cut the curve out of the polka dot paper and then used that as a guide to cut the Cherry Cobbler card stock.
Ribbon is Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding.
Love & Joy is embossed with Whisper White embossing powder on Cherry Cobbler before being cut out with an oval framelit. It is attached to the card with dimensionals.